The Panjab University has hiked fee for all the regular courses by 20 per cent and the self-financed courses by 10 per cent from the next academic session, 2014-15.
The decision was taken at a Syndicate meeting of the varsity on Saturday, highlighting the fact that it had become imperative to cut down the deficit in the PU annual budget.
The fee hike will be implemented for the first-year students of all courses of the varsity and its regional centres.
The fee hike for self-financed courses has been kept at 10 per cent, in keeping with a cap of Rs 10,000 in all the courses, on account of the already high fee structure of the courses.
The examination fee of various courses has also been increased by 10 per cent. As per the varsity records, the expenditure on conducting examinations has been increasing at a rate of 31.67 per cent, adding to the financial burden. “The expenditure is bound to increase with the implementation of the semester system in the varsity and all the affiliated colleges from the next academic session. So, it had become imperative to revise the fee structure,” said a PU official.
The university has also increased the fee for all the girls’ and boys’ hostels on the campus by 10 per cent. However, the proposal regarding increasing the charges of the university auditorium from Rs 5,000 (with air-conditioner) to Rs 7,000, excluding various other charges, has been deferred. A committee has been constituted by the varsity to examine the issue.
The varsity had proposed the fee hike in the Syndicate meeting of November, which had sparked off protests by the student organisations. The protests compelled the varsity to reconsider the decision, after which a committee was constituted which tabled the final proposal on February 7. “The details of the revised fee structure will be properly given in the admission prospectus for the next session to avoid any confusion among the students,” said a senior PU official.
The one-year post-graduate diploma course in Punjabi and Hindi journalism being run at School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, has been suspended by the varsity from the next academic session. The proposal was mooted by the faculty of the department highlighting that the course has not been in demand. Currently, there are just two students in the PG Hindi diploma and five students in the PG Punjabi diploma at the department. Both the courses were started in 2008 under the self-finance scheme.